Cover bands. DJs. Magicians. Comedians.
Been there, done that. B-O-R-I-N-G.
Party planners, you know it and I know it; setting yourself apart from the pack is getting harder and harder all the time. Your guests crave entertainment, but at the heart of all great entertainment is a sense of novelty. Nothing exhilarates quite like an unexpected experience. But how do you provide such a thing? What live acts still have the power to do that?
I might just have a few suggestions.
Before your mind immediately conjures images of cheesy birthday party clowns, let me just remind you that circus and sideshow acts are a lot more diverse than that. When I was putting this write-up together, a quick Google search for “circus entertainers near me” brought up everything from fire-breathing go-go girls to chainsaw-juggling daredevils.
Want to give your next big event an exotic sense of danger? Hire a belly-dancing sword-swallower! Looking for a touch of elegance? Aerial dancers will dazzle your guests with their grace and skill! Want a cheesy birthday party clown? Get a cheesy birthday party clown and try not to laugh as your friends get terrifying flashbacks of Pennywise!
We’ve all seen caricature artists at events sketching big-headed portraits of people engaging in wacky situations. Here’s something you (and your guests) probably haven’t seen before, though: silhouette artists.
These roving entertainers wander through the crowd armed only with a pair of scissors and a sheaf of special black paper. In just moments, they can look a person up and down, and then cut out an incredibly intricate and beautiful silhouette portrait, which the guest in question can then take home with them. Nothing makes a party memorable quite like a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Wouldn’t it be cool if your party guests could rub shoulders and take selfies with legendary actors like Robert DeNiro and pop stars like Lady Gaga? Well, I hate to break it to you, but they’re probably out of your price range. On the other hand, there are a surprising number of people out there who look a lot like them and have made it their job to impersonate their famous doppelgangers down to the smallest detail.
Listen, I’m not saying you should lie to your guests and tell them “Yes, that really is Tom Cruise.” But everyone likes to play pretend. Hiring a few celebrity impersonators to walk around, schmooze, and pose for photos can be a lot of fun for everyone, even if it’s not as good as “the real thing.”